Report – Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson Targeted For UFC Event On March 26.

A strawweight matchup between the #10 ranked contender, Amanda Ribas, and division veteran, the #9 rated, Michelle Waterson is currently in the works for a UFC Fight Night event on March 26. — with a location or venue for the event yet to be determined by the organization.

Minas Gerais native, Ribas recently returned to the winner’s enclosure on ‘Fight Island’ in October at UFC 267 — defeating former Invicta FC strawweight titleholder, Virna Jandiroba in a unanimous decision win.

For Waterson, the former Invicta FC atomweight champion has been out of action since May where she suffered a unanimous decision loss to common-foe, Marina Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Vegas 26. MMA Fighting reporters, Damon Martin, and Guilherme Cruz were first to report the pairing.

11-2 as a professional, Ribas suffered her first promotional loss earlier this year as part of the UFC 257 card once again in Abu Dhabi, UAE — dropping an eventual second round knockout loss to Rodriguez.

The 28-year-old Brazilian had enjoyed a promotional-perfect four-fight winning spree prior to her loss to Rodriguez — which featured wins over Emily Whitmire, Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos, and Paige VanZant.

For Waterson, the veteran Jackson-Wink MMA mainstay briefly returned to the winner’s enclosure back in September of last year in a split decision win over former Invicta FC strawweight best, Angela Hill, before her loss to Rodriguez.

Enjoying an 11-fight Octagon tenure to date, Waterson has defeated the likes of common-foe, VanZant, as well as Cortney Casey, Felice Herrig, and one-time title challenger, Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

The UFC Fight Night event is slated to take place on March 26. — with a high-stakes, potential light heavyweight title-eliminator between former division champion, Jan Blachowicz, and the surging, #3 ranked, Aleksandar Rakic slated to take headlining status at the showcase event.


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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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